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Posted: 05/09/17 09:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fellow Avionistas, I am pleased to report that Annie and I have just returned from Argo's first road trip, a 2000 mile loop thru the Southwest, to Lake Powell at Bullfrog for 4 days of houseboating, then back thru Capitol Reef, Bryce, Zion, Grand Staircase Escalante. Lots of freeway miles too!

We drove the Waterpocket Fold road and the Burr Trail switchbacks. That should be on every Avionistas' to be driven list, right up with Muley Point and the Moki Dugway.

The '13 Ford F250 Super Duty 4x4 diesel - "Big Bad Truck" as he's known in the family - was ideal for carrying Argo. I hardly felt the weight. I could accelerate like crazy anytime. Averaged 16MPG for the trip. The Airlift airbags on the rear axle worked like a charm to adjust the ride and clearance.

Everything in the rig stayed together, moved as a unit, was squeakless and creakless. The dust intrusion was very minimal, in spite of my not having finished caulking ALL the seams. No water leaks. This marks the finish of stage 1, the outside is complete. I rigged the inside to make it comfortable for the trip with seating surfaces and the swing out table, but Argo is without inner cabinetry, water, electrics and propane. No appliances installed yet. The camper alone currently weighs 1700 pounds. I learned that I can take him on an outing without everything being perfectly set up and have a great experience. The inner skin is next and then systems and cabinetry.

Here are some pics:
Approaching Bullfrog Marina, we stopped for a long look. Ck out the Honda mounted on the back. It confused some folks along the way who wondered if Argo was amphibious...
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The Honda was used on the Avon Sportboat we used to zip around exploring the side canyons
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The houseboat seemed a continuation of traveling in Argo - the ability to get into remote and secluded spots and live comfortably there.
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The Waterpocket Fold drive and the Burr Trail Switchbacks were a high point for us. You drive into the mouth of the canyon and can't imagine how you are going to get out. Then you go up and up and up and pop out with a long view of the Henry Mountains to the east.
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It really was steep - and a very cool drive.
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You may well ask why, being less than 100 miles from Muley Point, I didn't go there. I'm saving that for the completed camper.
Onward! (at last...)

Oh yeah, and as Cajun Avion has said, every gas stop is a press conference. Lots of interesting questions and feedback. The Park Service gal controlling traffic at the east end of the long tunnel in Zion stopped us and chatted for 10" about Argo, while the line of cars behind us got longer and longer.

Travels with Yoly

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Posted: 05/09/17 09:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Love to see the interior details. Real unique rig you've built there :-)

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Thanks! Very nice conversion, Argo looks great! Now on to the interior :-)

And the water level in the lake looks much better, too.


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Posted: 05/10/17 04:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice report! I want to rent a houseboat on one of my SW trips. Can you tell us more? Where, who, how mi
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Posted: 05/10/17 08:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's a real nice looking TC you have.


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I like the whole idea. Classic meets newer with a rubber boat twist. You have put a lot of thought and effort into making your dream work for you. Keep on keepin' on. What is your ingress with the outboard hanging on the receiver? I don't see any tie downs. Is the TC bolted to the ute body? If so, have you made accommodations for the flexing of the frame? Unfortunately, Ford, at least the slightly older ones than yours have a reputation for a lot of flex which will eventually pull your Avion apart if competely hard mounted. There are ways around this.
Post another update when you have the interior finished.
Good stuff.
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Posted: 05/10/17 10:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Beautiful camper shell, and looks perfect on that truck! Looking forward to your future build posts and trip reports.


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Posted: 05/10/17 10:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks great! Runs great! The adventures of Argo are now being written in the Avionista Book Of Life.





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67avion wrote:

Looks great! Runs great! The adventures of Argo are now being written in the Avionista Book Of Life.

It looks more like a pickup based Motohome, rather than a TC,especially with the cladding near the base of the vehicle.
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* This post was edited 05/11/17 02:22am by RobertRyan *

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Posted: 05/11/17 05:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the interesting pictures and report. Will be looking forward to more.

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